Hazard inspires Chelsea once again


Premier League round up: Chelseaplaymaker Eden Hazard was again the standout player for the Blues as he orchestrated a comfortable 2-0 victory over Newcastleat Stamford Bridge to keep up his side’s 100 per cent record intact and put them back on top of the table.

The Belgium international opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute before brilliantly laying on the second goal for Fernando Torres in first-half stoppage time.

Chelsea were without injured skipper John Terry and left vice-captain Frank Lampard on the bench, but still had enough quality and experience to dominate against a good Magpies side.

continued their excellent start to the Premier League season with a handsome 3-0 win over West Hamat the Liberty Stadium that put them top of the table on goal difference. Michael Laudrup’s side showcased the swagger exhibited in the crushing win over QPR as strikes from Angel Rangel, Michu and Danny Graham sealed victory.

Carlton Cole had West Ham’s best chance but saw his header cleared off the line while debutant Matt Jarvis had his volley saved by Michel Vorm.

Aston Villa’sunconvincing start under Paul Lambert continued as lost 3-1 to Evertonat Villa Park.

The visitors took the lead in the third minute as Steven Pienaar lashed home from 20 yards. It was 2-0 in the 31st minute when Marouane Fellaini followed up his winner against Manchester United with another headed effort, although Villa goalkeeper Shay Given should have made a routine save.

Nikica Jelavic made it three from Leighton Baines’s pull-back on the stroke of half-time, and Villa’s afternoon took a further nosedive in the 58th minute when Republic of Ireland international Ciaran Clark was shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Jelavic.

The hosts pulled a goal back through new signing Karim El Ahmadi in the 74th minute, but it was too little, too late.

Andre Villas-Boas was denied his first win as Tottenhamboss in dramatic fashion as James Morrison struck late to secure a 1-1 draw from West Bromat White Hart Lane.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto opened the scoring for the hosts in the 74th minute, the full back lashing home a deflected effort after the Baggies failed to clear their lines from a corner.

Spurs looked like they had done enough to claim the victory but Morrison popped up in the first minute of stoppage time to fire in a low effort.

Wiganpicked up their first win of the season as they eased to a 2-0 victory at Southampton.

The Latics took the lead six minutes into the second period when Franco Di Santo was played in by Shaun Maloney and the striker finished emphatically beyond Kelvin Davis.

New signing Arouna Kone made it two in the final minute, the former Sevilla striker stealing the ball from Jose Fonte near the halfway line and then being allowed the freedom of St Mary’s to run in and score.

Norwichand QPRgot their first point on the board of the new season after a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.

Both teams had been thumped 5-0 on the opening day last weekend, and set out not to endure a repeat this afternoon.

The Canaries, though, will feel they could have recorded a first win under new manager Chris Hughton after taking the lead on 11 minutes through Simeon Jackson, which was cancelled out when Bobby Zamora slotted home a rebound after a controversial penalty decision from referee Mark Clattenburg.

Norwich had the better of the second-half chances, with Robert Snodgrass heading over and Russell Martin hitting the crossbar.

Sunderland’sclash with Readingwas called off earlier in the afternoon after torrential rain on Wearside.

Referee Neil Swarbrick postponed the fixture at around 1.40pm after several inspections, with managers Martin O’Neill and Brian McDermott both having viewed the playing surface for themselves.

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